By: Yozna Gurung
Can you spend days without any power supply? Can you take at least 4-5 hours of uneven power cut every day? Can you spend cold night without using room heater at all and day without a glass of hot water? Can you survive without proper drinking water almost every day?
National institute of technology situated at Ravangla, Sikkim is facing this problem since it started. In today’s world where we find it hard to spend even couple of hours without power supply, NIT Sikkim has been fighting with this problem every day. And what’s worst, most of the time rest of the area would have the supply but not NIT. If the power supply in Ravangla is bad, in NIT its worst.
National Institute of Technology, Sikkim is one among the ten newly sanctioned NITS by the Government of India in 2009 under the 11th Five year Plan. NIT’s are considered to be the tire-II engineering colleges, next to IIT’s. They are fully funded by the Central Government and the facilities have to be of top notch. But it seems NIT Sikkim is an exception.
Frequent and uneven power failure has become a part of NITians. Students cannot study after dusk, teachers cannot prepare their lectures and even worse sometimes power ditches in the middle of power point presentation. This results in delaying the class and sometime postponing.
The irregular power supply also impacts students studies apart from there day to day life. Engineering streams require lot of practical training, on machines, computers, labs etc.
“The unfaithful power supply” not only disturbs the classes and the studies but also the food we eat. How???? NIT mess has to support almost 90 people and it becomes close to impossible to cook for such a large number of people, especially dinner, emergency lights and candles don’t help much and insects and firefly might get into the food.
NITians have no clue where and what exactly the problem is, but it’s frustrating to see rest of the area with power supply and NIT in dark. Don’t know whose mistake is it. Administration doesn’t know who can do what about the problem. But NITians are helpless about it. HELP is all they can say.